It may still be drizzly out, but we can tell it’s spring because everything’s in bloom…and we can’t stop sneezing. That means it’s finally time to retire the “Black Cherry Chutney” and “Lincoln Park After Dark” (see you next fall) and swipe on some bright corals and saturated pastels. Here are five fresh polish and nail-art ideas to get you started.

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SUBTLE LILAC

Pretty as our candy-colored Victorians, this is a purple for people who hate purple. Plus, it won’t wash you out as much as pale pink before your summer tan kicks in.

Try: Londontown Lakur in “Dolly Mix”($16)

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MINIMALIST LINES

This is the nail-art design for all of us no-maintenance gals. One of the simplest looks (and the easiest to maintain), all it takes is a thin horizontal line across each nail.

Try: Sinsun nail art tape ($7)

ABSTRACT SQUIGGLES

A little piece of SFMOMA for your nails.

Try: Lux SF

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SOFT CORAL

Inspired by sunny days and dreamy California sunsets, this hue is the perfect transitional shade to take you through the leftover drizzles of spring right into the height of summer. 

Try: Essie “Sunday Funday” ($9)

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OMBRE

If it works for hair, why not try it for nails? Plus, it’s a great way to test-drive saturated pastels, which seem to be the trend of the season.

Try: Zaza Nail Spa

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